With the legalization of sports betting in New Jersey, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey has kept a close watch over the growth of gambling in our state. In January 2019, gambling revenue in New Jersey reportedly totaled $229.6 million, an increase of almost 25 percent over the previous year and the most in the month of January since 2012.
It’s difficult to immediately judge how that growth affects residents of our state who are coping with a gambling problem, but a recent study by WalletHub is interesting food for thought.
The national finance website surveyed all 50 U.S. states, using 20 different metrics such as lottery sales and the number of residents with gambling disorders, to determine which states had the biggest problem with excessive gambling. WalletHub came up with a few categories for ranking the states, one of which was “Gambling Problem and Treatment.”
Where did New Jersey rank on that list? Take a look at this infographic, which we’ve limited to the top 10 states, to find out.
As sports betting in Atlantic City continues to expand, CCGNJ knows that learning responsible gambling can be a challenge for some New Jersey residents. If you or someone you care about has been struggling to curb a gambling problem, or you think you might need support recovering from disordered gambling, give our 24-hour confidential helpline a call today.